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Gary J Cohen

Pima County Superior Court


Honorable Gary J. Cohen has been a judge for the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County since March 2021.  Previously, he was a partner at Mesch Clark Rothschild.  Gary's practice in his 28 years as an attorney at that law firm focused on commercial litigation, personal injury, employment matters, municipal, and appellate law. He was recognized by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and a Southwest "Super Lawyer." Gary had the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards ("AV Preeminent") and was a member of the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum" for achieving trial verdicts and settlements of more than one million dollars. Gary was an adjunct law professor between 2010 and 2017 at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

While an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Gary was a four-year letterman on the varsity tennis team that won the 1990 Big Ten Conference Title, a two-year member of the NCAA Academic/Athletic All-American Team, and had the highest grade point average of any male athlete in his graduating class.

Gary has presented at numerous seminars, including the Arizona State Bar convention, about various aspects of employment law, medical malpractice, trial practice, and appellate advocacy. He is a Past Chair for the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Arizona. His numerous written articles include "An Arizona Lawyer's Guide through the Morass of the Self-Critical Analysis Privilege" and "Juris Doctrines", published in the Arizona Attorney, "Voir Dire and Medical Malpractice", published in Medical Errors and Litigation: Investigation and Case Preparation, and his "Tri-ppellate Lawyer" column in The Writ. Gary co-authored a comprehensive "Guide for Self- Represented ("Pro Se" or "Pro Per") Appellants and Appellees," and a chapter in the Arizona Tort Law Handbook.

Gary regularly volunteers his time, and has served the community as an Honorary Commander at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and as a board member of: the Children's Museum Tucson; the Gootter Foundation; University of Arizona Hillel Foundation; Jewish Family and Children's Service; the Jewish Community Center; the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Committee; the Tucson City Magistrate Merit Selection Committee; and Pride Tennis.